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McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

Commissioner Peter N. Silvestri compared Chicago's top cop to George Washington



    Chicago's top cop on Tuesday received high praise for the way his department handled the NATO Summit.

    Cook County commissions compared police Supt. Garry McCarthy to John Wayne and George Washington for the image of him standing by his troops during clashes with protesters.

    "You can't argue with success and argue with what happened here during NATO, and I think we just need to build on that to overcome any bad images that might have come from the past," he said, referencing the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

    County commissioners passed a resolution honoring all officers who worked the weekend that saw world leaders converging on the city.

    In the days following the summit, McCarthy said his one regret was not being able to fully prevent the Black Bloc-style protesters blamed for a large clash with police near McCormick Place.